Fight the Empire

We live in an empire that began 500 years ago with the European conquest of the Americas. This program looks at how the empire permeates our lives.

 

What are we doing in the world? What are we doing to the world?

George Kennan was an influential US diplomat during the Cold War years. It was he who devised the containment strategy against the Soviet Union (as opposed to a more aggressive rollback policy). In February 1948 Kennan presented a document to President Truman, Presidential Policy Statement #23, which includes the following:

"The US has  50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permits us to maintain this position of disparity...To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.

"We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans the better."

Some have claimed that Kennan was speaking as a foreign policy "realist," and arguing against an ideological anti-Communist crusade. That may be so, but his words are clear, as Noam Chomsky has pointed out. The US intends to keep for itself an unfair share of the world's resources. The main difference between the realists and the ideologues is one of tactics in pursuing this ignoble goal.

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Bacevich on Obama's Strategy against the So-called Islamic State

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Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Andrew Bacevich on Obama's Strategy against the So-called Islamic State
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Andrew Bacevich about Obama's strategy against the so-called Islamic State and his recent article Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war.

Tom Engelhardt on "Shadow Government"

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Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Tom Engelhardt on "Shadow Government"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, who created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. They discuss his new book Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.  They explore the question: Is repeated failure actually the key to the success and endless expansion of the U.S. intelligence community?  
 

Journalist Robert Parry on Ukraine

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Journalist Robert Parry on Ukraine

Host Per Fagereng speaks with journalist Robert Parry about Ukraine. Per asks, "If Scotland can vote on independence, why can't Ukraine?"

Parry has been asking why has so much of the Washington Establishment devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this crisis? What’s driving the madness?

A History of the Future

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with James Kunstler

A History of the Future is the third novel in James Kunstler's A World Made By Hand series. Like the others it takes place in a small town in upstate New York, a town that largely escaped the collapse of America as a nation. James Kunstler will be the guest Thursday, August 21 on Fight The Empire.

Fight the Empire on 08/07/14

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Zaher Wahab on the wretched state of Afghanistan and the resilience of the common people

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Zaher Wahab on the wretched state of Afghanistan and the resilience of the common people

Host Per Fagereng speaks Dr, Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus, Lewis and Clark College. Since his retirement in 2012, Dr, Wahab has been working full time in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

Host Per Fagereng speaks with  Michael Deibert, about his new book, In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico. The book looks at decades of failed policy through the prism of the rise of one particularly violent drug trafficking organization and its even more violent progeny, Los Zetas. 

Political analyst Raed Jarrar on Iraq

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political analyst Raed Jarrar on Iraq

Host Per Fagereng interviews Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American blogger and political advocate, about the critical situation in Iraq and the greater region.

Russia-China Deal

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Analysis and commentary

Host Per Fagereng presents analysis and commentary on a variety of issues including the Russia-China deal and why W Saxbe Chambliss is an odious wretch.
 

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by the Worldwatch Institute

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Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by the Worldwatch Institute

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Prugh, co-director of the State of the World 2014 project, about "State of the World 2014,"  an assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. The authors highlight both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. 

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Sarah Levy on Gaza genocide

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Fri, 07/18/2014
Sarah Levy, of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and the International Socialist Organization, speaks out against the Israeli assault on Gaza and reads a stunning poem by Nisha Adarkar.

The Struggle for Venezuela's Future - Eva Maria

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Thu, 05/29/2014
Eva Maria, Venezuelan-born member of the Portland chapter of the  International Socialist Organization, speaks at Portland State University May 29th, 2014 on current conflicts, the history and future of Venezuela's struggle to establish "Socialism for the 21st Century"
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Ali Abunimah on "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" at Portland State, May 13, 2014

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Tue, 05/13/2014
Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American journalist and leader of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, speaks to an overflow audience at Portland State University on May 13th, 2014.  Abunimah has been described as the leading American proponent of a "one-state solution"  to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He was in Portland as part of a tour, sponsored by Haymarket Books, to promote his latest work "The Battle for Justice in Palestine."
  • Length: 86:40 minutes (79.35 MB)
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America's Shifting Imperial Strategy (at Palestine/Middle East conference)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

Ashley Smith, author of "Obama's Pivot to Asia" in the current International Socialist Review, addresses the April 27, 2013 conference at Portland State University on "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East" sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)

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Next Steps for the Arab Uprisings

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Sat, 04/27/2013

Todd Cretien, a long time Palestine solidarity activist from the Bay Area, writes for the International Socialist Review and SocialistWorker.org.  This talk was given at the Portland State University conference "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East", sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights on April 27, 2013.

Building International Solidarity with the Arab Uprisings (Plenary)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

A panel at the evening plenary session of the "Palestine, Imperialism, and the New Middle East", a conference sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Human Rights at Portland State University on April 27, 2013.  Speakers are Todd Chretien, Palestine activist and journalist with the International Socialist Review; Suzan Boulad, a Syrian-American involved in support to the revolutionary civilian councils in Aleppo and Idlib;  Sarah Farahat, an interdisciplinary Egyptian-American artist whose works have been exhibited worldwide; and Kelly L, an activist with SUPER and the Portland Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

  • Length: 28:00 minutes (38.44 MB)
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Syria

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Per Fagereng talks about Syria and takes listener calls

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James Howard Kunstler on his new book TOO MUCH MAGIC

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, a shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders.

In the seven years since its first publication, many of Kunstler’s warnings from The Long Emergency have proved prophetic, and now in his new book, TOO MUCH MAGIC: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation, Kunstler argues there is now compelling evidence that the long emergency – a period of increasing resource shortfalls, gradual economic decline, and a forced change in humanity’s lifestyle – has already begun.

James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of eleven novels, including World Made By Hand and The Witch of Hebron, and four nonfiction books, including The Long Emergency.

  • Length: 28:47 minutes (26.35 MB)
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Tom Engelhardt on The History and Future of Drone Warfare

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, co-author with Nick Turse of the new book, "Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050."

The drone has been a remarkable fantasy weapon -- our version of Terminator planet -- and a blood-stained one as well. Increasingly, however, its reality is proving grimly mundane and far less like that of a sci-fi movie. But drones remain the weak sisters of the weapons world. They tend to crash at an alarming rate due to weather, mechanical failures, and computer glitches, leaving shattered silver-screen techno-dreams of cheap, error-free, futuristic warfare in the dust.” The Holy Grail of drone ops, the ability of an aircraft to linger over suspected target areas for long durations, has similarly proven disappointingly limited.

In other words drones are quickly turning from can-do into can’t-do weapons. And yet, they are also proliferating. Engelhardt and Turse say tomorrow’s drone warfare will likely mean ‘more’ in one other area: more dead civilians.

  • Length: 25:43 minutes (23.55 MB)
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INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

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Thu, 05/17/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews intelligence historian Matthew Aid, author of INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror, a detailed overview of U.S. intelligence since President Obama’s election which finds more problems than solutions.

Matthew M. Aid is the author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (January 2012) and The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency. He is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA.

  • Length: 21:40 minutes (19.84 MB)
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